Patents by Inventor Marc Smeyers

Marc Smeyers has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20170347067
    Abstract: A display system for a vehicle is disclosed. The display system comprises a display device disposed in a passenger compartment of the vehicle. The display device comprises a screen. The display system further comprises a first imager configured to capture a first image data corresponding to a rearward directed field of view from the vehicle and a second imager configured to capture a second image data corresponding to a field of view of a passenger compartment of the vehicle. A controller of the display system is configured to display the first image data on a first portion of the screen and selectively display the second image data on a second portion of the screen in response to a detection of a display prompt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: David M. Bostrom, Marc A. Smeyers
  • Patent number: 9805589
    Abstract: A system for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device includes a camera, a trainable transceiver, and a control circuit coupled to the camera and the trainable transceiver. The control circuit is configured to use geographic location information to determine when to initiate a process of using the camera to identify the remote device and transmit an activation signal formatted to control the remote device. Upon initiation of the process, the control circuit is configured to use the camera to identify the remote device by comparing information received via the camera to information stored in memory, and wherein the control circuit is configured to automatically transmit an activation signal formatted to control the remote device, using the trainable transceiver, in response to identifying the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Todd R. Witkowski, Thomas S. Wright, Marc A. Smeyers, Jonathan E. Dorst, Douglas C. Papay
  • Publication number: 20170221352
    Abstract: A trainable transceiver for controlling a remote device includes a transceiver circuit configured, based on training information, to control the remote device, a communications device configured to communicate with a mobile communications device, an output device, and a control circuit coupled to the transceiver circuit, coupled to the communications device, and coupled to the output device. The control circuit is configured to receive notification information from the mobile communications device via the communications device, and wherein the control circuit is configured to generate an output using the output device based on the notification information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Todd R. Witkowski, Thomas S. Wright, Marc A. Smeyers, Jonathan E. Dorst, Douglas C. Papay
  • Patent number: 9620005
    Abstract: A trainable transceiver for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device includes a transceiver circuit configured, based on training information, to control the remote device, a communications device configured to communicate with a mobile communications device, an output device, and a control circuit coupled to the transceiver circuit, coupled to the communications device, and coupled to the output device. The control circuit is configured to receive notification information from the mobile communications device via the communications device, and wherein the control circuit is configured to generate an output using the output device based on the notification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Todd R. Witkowski, Thomas S. Wright, Marc A. Smeyers, Jonathan E. Dorst, Douglas C. Papay
  • Publication number: 20170061110
    Abstract: An accessory configured to authenticate a transaction is disclosed. The accessory comprises a communication circuit configured to communicate with a transaction system. The accessory further comprises at least one data collection device and a processor. The processor is in communication with the communication circuit and the data collection device. The processor is configured to compare captured data captured by the data collection device with stored data to generate an authentication of a previously identified operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas S. Wright, Steven L. Geerlings, Marc A. Smeyers
  • Publication number: 20160277671
    Abstract: A display system for a vehicle is disclosed. The display system comprises a display device disposed in a passenger compartment of the vehicle. The display device comprises a screen and at least one sensor. The display system further comprises a controller in communication with the display device and an imager configured to capture image data in a field of view. The controller is operable adjust at least one of a position and a scale of a desired view of the image data for display on the screen in response to an input received by the at least one sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventor: Marc A. Smeyers
  • Publication number: 20150302735
    Abstract: A system for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device including a trainable transceiver, a camera, and a control circuit coupled to the trainable transceiver and the camera. The control circuit is configured to use the camera to identify the remote device by comparing information received via the camera to information stored in memory, and the control circuit is configured to automatically transmit an activation signal formatted to control the remote device in response to identifying the remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Todd R. Witkowski, Thomas S. Wright, Marc A. Smeyers, Jonathan E. Dorst, Douglas C. Papay
  • Publication number: 20150302738
    Abstract: A trainable transceiver for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device includes a transceiver circuit configured, based on training information, to control the remote device, a communications device configured to communicate with a mobile communications device, an output device, and a control circuit coupled to the transceiver circuit, coupled to the communications device, and coupled to the output device. The control circuit is configured to receive notification information from the mobile communications device via the communications device, and wherein the control circuit is configured to generate an output using the output device based on the notification information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Todd R. Witkowski, Thomas S. Wright, Marc A. Smeyers, Jonathan E. Dorst, Douglas C. Papay
  • Publication number: 20150302733
    Abstract: A trainable transceiver for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device includes a transceiver circuit configured based on training information to communicate with the remote device, a communications device configured to communicate with a mobile communications device, and a control circuit coupled to the transceiver circuit, and coupled to the communications device. The control circuit is configured to transmit diagnostic information related to the trainable transceiver to a mobile communications device via the communications device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd R. Witkowski, Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright, Marc A. Smeyers, Jonathan E. Dorst, Douglas C. Papay
  • Publication number: 20150302736
    Abstract: A system for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device includes a camera, a trainable transceiver, and a control circuit coupled to the camera and the trainable transceiver. The control circuit is configured to use geographic location information to determine when to initiate a process of using the camera to identify the remote device and transmit an activation signal formatted to control the remote device. Upon initiation of the process, the control circuit is configured to use the camera to identify the remote device by comparing information received via the camera to information stored in memory, and wherein the control circuit is configured to automatically transmit an activation signal formatted to control the remote device, using the trainable transceiver, in response to identifying the remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Todd R. Witkowski, Thomas S. Wright, Marc A. Smeyers, Jonathan E. Dorst, Douglas C. Papay
  • Publication number: 20150302737
    Abstract: A system for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device including a trainable transceiver, a camera, an output device, and a control circuit coupled to the trainable transceiver and the camera. The control circuit is configured to use data received from the camera to determine if the vehicle is well positioned within a garage, and the control circuit is configured to provide an indication that the vehicle is well positioned using the output device in response to determining that the vehicle is well positioned within a garage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Steven L. GEERLINGS, Todd R. Witkowski, Thomas S. Wright, Marc A. Smeyers, Jonathan E. Dorst, Douglas C. Papay
  • Patent number: 7408451
    Abstract: An automatic dimming vehicle mirror system includes an automatic dimming mirror assembly having automatic dimming circuitry. The automatic dimming circuitry includes a mirror control and at least a first silicon-based photo sensor and a second silicon-based photo sensor. The first silicon-based photo sensor is sensitive to both visible light and infrared light. The second silicon-based photo sensor is sensitive principally to infrared light. The mirror control distinguishes headlamp sources from non-headlamp sources by a ratio of a signal indicative of light detected by the first photo sensor to a signal indicative of light detected by the second photo sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Rodney K Blank, Kenneth L Schierbeek, Marc A Smeyers, Robert J Dykhouse
  • Publication number: 20060132941
    Abstract: An automatic dimming vehicle mirror system includes an automatic dimming mirror assembly having automatic dimming circuitry. The automatic dimming circuitry includes a mirror control and at least a first silicon-based photo sensor and a second silicon-based photo sensor. The first silicon-based photo sensor is sensitive to both visible light and infrared light. The second silicon-based photo sensor is sensitive principally to infrared light. The mirror control distinguishes headlamp sources from non-headlamp sources by a ratio of a signal indicative of light detected by the first photo sensor to a signal indicative of light detected by the second photo sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Publication date: June 22, 2006
    Applicant: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Rodney Blank, Kenneth Schierbeek, Marc Smeyers, Robert Dykhouse
  • Patent number: 6992573
    Abstract: A vehicular rearview mirror system suitable for use with a vehicle control, the vehicle control generating an output having a particular protocol representing a state of the output. The vehicle rearview mirror system includes a variable reflective element which assumes a partial reflectance level in response to a drive signal. The rearview mirror system further includes a mirror control that is responsive to the output of the vehicle control for generating at least one mirror control output. The at least one mirror control output includes a value for the drive signal. The mirror control determines the protocol of the output of the vehicle control including monitoring the output of the vehicle control in attempting to conclude a state of the output of the vehicle control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Rodney K. Blank, Kenneth L. Schierbeek, Marc A. Smeyers, Robert J. Dykhouse
  • Publication number: 20040105179
    Abstract: A vehicular rearview mirror system suitable for use with a vehicle control, the vehicle control generating an output having a particular protocol representing a state of the output. The vehicle rearview mirror system includes a variable reflective element which assumes a partial reflectance level in response to a drive signal. The rearview mirror system further includes a mirror control that is responsive to the output of the vehicle control for generating at least one mirror control output. The at least one mirror control output includes a value for the drive signal. The mirror control determines the protocol of the output of the vehicle control including monitoring the output of the vehicle control in attempting to conclude a state of the output of the vehicle control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Applicant: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rodney K. Blank, Kenneth L. Schierbeek, Marc A. Smeyers, Robert J. Dykhouse